Georgia dominates in Dallas
Notebook: Strong performances highlight January start
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
Second-ranked Georgia topped No. 8 Texas A&M (169-126) and No. 21 SMU (200-89) at SMU’s Perkins Natatorium on Jan. 8. Wendy Trott was a double winner for Georgia, taking the 500 freestyle in 4:50.40 and the 1,000 free in 9:56.59. Megan Romano grabbed the title in the 100 freestyle in 50.93 and Allison Schmitt won the 200 free in 1:47.46. The 400 free relay team of Romano, Chelsea Nauta, Shannon Vreeland and Schmitt had the meet’s best time of 3:23.76.
Georgia swept the backstroke races with Lauren English winning the 100 in 55.08 and Kelsey Gaid winning the 200 in 1:57.57. Melanie Margalis won the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.57 while Morgan Scroggy took the 200 IM in 2:01.72.
Need to Know
• Amherst senior Kendra Stern was named the NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week after winning three individual events in a dual meet against rival Williams College. Stern won the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley to improve to 9-0 on the season and 74-6 in her career. Her 200 freestyle time of 1:46.80 was the second-fastest time for that event in NCAA Division III history behind her national record (1:45.31) set at last year’s NCAA Championships. Williams won the dual meet 203-97. Williams and Amherst are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the most recent CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division III Poll.
• Florida senior Monica Dodson was named the SEC Female Diver of the Week after winning the platform event at the UT Diving Invitational. She currently holds the SEC’s highest score on the platform. She also captured the three-meter against Georgia Tech, giving her four victories on the three-meter board this season and eight diving wins overall.
• Senior Kelsey Floyd set a Tennessee record in the 200 butterfly with a first-place time of 1:56.68 in a dual meet against ninth-ranked Virginia. That was the longest standing individual swimming record at UT as the 1:57.90 mark had stood since 1996.
• Oakland’s Johanna Gustafsson was named the Summit League Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for Jan. 4-10. Gustafsson won three events and had a second-place finish helping Oakland past Eastern Michigan 151-149. She won the 100- and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:05.32 and 2:21.70.
• Catherine Leix of Wayne State was named the GLIAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week on Jan. 10. Leix accumulated nearly 15 percent of Wayne State’s points in a 152.5-147.5 dual meet victory at Grand Valley State. Leix won the 500 (5:09.20) and 1,000 (10:35.25) freestyle events, placed fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:18.98) and anchored the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:43.53).
Stanford, Georgia and Texas hold the top three spots in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I poll … Drury, Ashland and UC San Diego hold the top spots in the most recent Division II poll … The most recent CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division III poll saw Kenyon, Emory and Denison in the top three positions. ... The next poll is scheduled for Jan. 17.